This week: new solo music at Guerilla Science, thingNY at CUNY Grad Center, Goldenchild at Brooklyn Bazaar…and a big tour on the horizon

Hope you’re all hanging in there and standing up for what you believe in. If you have time, I have a few shows this week I hope you’ll check out! Today (Monday) thingNY is performing an excerpt from our opera This Takes Place Close By, on Wednesday I’m playing at Brooklyn Bazaar with Goldenchild, and Friday and Saturday, I’m playing my own music for solo violin and laptop at a Guerilla Science event, including a new piece I wrote for the occasion! Later in December, I have more gigs in New York, then in January and February a huge tour with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests. Read on for more.

Playing with The World/Inferno Friendship Society at Hallowmas last month at the Warsaw. Photo by Ben Rodri.

Tonight at 6:30pm at The Segal Center, the six members of thingNY will perform “At Our Best,” the opening 10-minute segment of our opera This Takes Place Close By. We’ll play right at the start of the program, launching a panel discussion on contemporary opera with Ashley Tata, who directed the premiere run of This Takes Place Close By last year, Jecca Barry (General Manager, Beth Morrison Projects), Lisa Bielawa (Composer/Executive Producer), M. Lamar (Composer/Performer), Aaron Siegel (Composer/Producer, Experiments in Opera), and Kristin Marting (Co-producer, PROTOTYPE and Artistic Director, HERE Arts Center). They’ll be presenting their works and discussing the radically changing landscape of the field. It’s free and should offer cool insights into a dynamic art form, so check it out!

On Wednesday, I’ll join indie country band Goldenchild to play the new location of Brooklyn Bazaar in the heart of Greenpoint. We’ll play at 9pm, in between Phil Pickens at 8pm and The Hollows at 10pm. Our music will be fun and light, come listen!

Friday and Saturday, I’m very excited to be presenting a brand new piece I’ve created for solo violin and live electronics, as well as my older piece Jeffrey Young’s Magical Kingdom of Dust and some improvisations. I’ll be performing throughout the 8-9pm cocktail hour at Decadent Decay, an experimental banquet hosted by Guerilla Science at Bat Haus in Bushwick. After the cocktail hour comes a 5-course meal and drinks prepared by Guerilla Science’s culinary partner, Methods and Madness, as well as talks by three scientists each night. Every element of the event, including my music, will draw from the overarching theme of decay, and all food and drink is included in the ticket price. It should be a fascinating evening, and it’s not often that I create new solo work, so please come out!

Later in December, I’m playing a cantorial recital at Hebrew Union College and an orchestra concert/church service at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Come if the faith calls – or just for some nice music. I’ll also be playing my first show in a while with pop singer Minnie Dee and her band at The Bitter End on December 15. Should be a fun and fabulous time.

Then in mid-January, I embark with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests (Valerie on cello and vocals, me on violin, and Alex Cohen on drums) on a massive tour from New York to Tijuana and back, with shows planned daily for four weeks. Some of the shows are still coming together, but the majority have been confirmed. Check them out on the shows page, and I’ll update you closer to our departure date.

Finally, looking for a unique present this holiday season? Why not get a limited edition vinyl copy of thingNY’s new album, which comes with gorgeously engraved scores of 10 compositions on the album. Or get it as a CD or digital download…

Think outside the box – build half a house,
Jeff